She once interviewed the world’s most fascinating people, but now Barbara Walters’ whereabouts are of interest.
Fans of “The View” expressed worry online about the show’s co-founder after Whoopi Goldberg wished the iconic broadcaster a happy belated 93rd birthday.
A photo of Walters appeared during Tuesday’s episode, to which “the “Sister Act” star said, “To the one and only Barbara Walters, who had a birthday yesterday, we wanna say, 27 never looked so good.”
“The View,” which is currently airing its 26th season, also honored Walters in a tweet, which got viewers wondering what she’s been up to since retiring back in 2014. The former anchor and “20/20” co-host has not been seen out in public since dropping out of the spotlight.
While there were numerous “Happy Birthday, Barbara” tweets from fans, others became curious about the once public figure who once helmed “ABC Evening News” nightly.
“No shade but Is Barbara still alive I feel I never hear about her,” one tweeter asked.
“I’m wondering the same thing. Haven’t seen her sense [sic] 2017 I believe,” another added.
The Post has reached out to Walters’ rep for comment.One of Barbara Walters’ last public sightings was in 2016 for the opening night performance of “The Father” on Broadway in NYC.WireImage
A source claimed to RadarOnline on Tuesday that she has reportedly been suffering from advanced dementia, “spending her final days in a tragic prison of pain.”
“Barbara suffers from exhaustion and fatigue, as well as anxiety and agitation,” the anonymous insider alleged. “She’s very frail and spends a great deal of the day napping.”
Walters has not publicly announced any diagnosis or health issues.Jim Hartz and Barbara Walters covering the 1974 election for NBC News.Bettmann Archive
In 2020, Jenny McCarthy claimed that Walters wasn’t doing well, but her rep shot down McCarthy’s allegations.
“I heard that she’s in a place of not doing great, and I just talked to Sherri Shepherd about it and we’re sending some cards over to her,” McCarthy told Us Weekly at the time. “That woman is a juggernaut that’ll just keep going no matter what.”
“I see her every two to three weeks and she’s doing just fine,” her rep said in rebuttal.
In May 2010, Walters announced she was having open-heart surgery.
“You know how I always tell you how healthy I am. … I’ve never missed a day’s work,” Walters said at the time on “The View.”
“Later this week, I’m going to have surgery to replace one faulty heart valve. Lots of people have done this, and I have known about this condition for a while now.”
On Twitter, some users claimed the show “hasn’t been the same” since she left, with one user even writing, “she would have been embarrassed at what this show has become.”
“The show really went to [poop emoji] after Barbara Walters left,” one person chimed in. “Hope she has a happy birthday and can wish some sense & decency back into, ‘The View.'”